It's World Kindness Day, Friday the 13th. Wait, is that a joke? Friday the 13th?
Maybe it seems like there is no time to be kind. But 2020 needs some kindness.
"Selfless acts of kindness don't just help the person on the receiving end," says psychologist Lisa Damour, author of "Untangled" and "Under Pressure" and co-host of the "Ask Lisa" podcast. "Research finds that altruistic behavior activates the very same regions in the brain that are enlivened by rewards or pleasurable experiences."
Here are 25 ways to be kind to yourself, your family and community and the planet today or any day.
Start with yourself
Drink more water
Go to sleep earlier
Treat your sweetheart
Host a family dance party
Phone a relative
Heritage recipe hunt
Talk to your children about race
Bake for a neighbor
Communicate your gratitude
Grocery shop for someone who needs it
Hand out snack bags
Support a local restaurant
Vote and register people to vote
Take a hike
Buy food from farmers
Volunteer in a litter cleanup
Reduce, reuse, recycle and compost
Turn off your lights
Dress for the season and play outside
Wear a mask
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